Cessna 180 (oz2984)


Cessna 180 (oz2984) by Paul Del Gatto from American Modeler 1963 - plan thumbnail

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Cessna 180. Scale model for R/C. Cessna 180 from Hobby Helpers sheet 1163, dated 1963. Span is 42in. For single channel RC and a Cox TeeDee .049.

Quote: "When the Cessna people designed the full-size craft they must have had novice radio control flyers in mind; their boxy high-winger scales down to a fine R/C project that takes most any 1-channel receiver. Cessna 180 by Paul Del Gatto.

The Cessna 180 is particularly good for scale R/C. Its proportions provide the required stability. Model construction, despite the sleek appearance, is not much more difficult than the average.

Our original craft was thoroughly tested to assure you plenty of enjoyable flying. An interesting feauture of the real plane is its large vertical tail, which proved more than enough for the model. Usually, real aircraft have tail surfaces too small for raido control model purposes. The dihedral shown is necessary for good spiral stability because of that big tail and the high torque of a powerful 1/2A engine.

Dozens of excellent flights were made with both the transistorised Citizen-Ship and Kraft receivers, both the relayless type and the Vari-Comp escapement. It is recommended that alkaline batteries be used. We prefer nickel cadmiums for superior reliability. Recaharged between flying sessions they will last a couple of seasons.

By using a 225-mah capacity battery pack which gives 3.6 volts, you will find escapement operation reliable at all times..."

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Cessna 180 (oz2984) by Paul Del Gatto from American Modeler 1963 - model pic

  • (oz2984)
    Cessna 180
    by Paul Del Gatto
    from American Modeler
    November 1963 
    42in span
    Scale IC R/C Cabin Civil
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 01/06/2012
    Filesize: 620KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: theshadow, fantasyflyer_plan_collection

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I built one of these in about 1965. Mine flew very well with single channel rudder only escapement. Powered by a Fox 07 that pulled a little bigger prop than an 049, also ran better than a Cox reed valve motor. Mine was a little heavy, would fold up the weak landing gear and skid to a stop on the nose. Somebody offered me $20, a pretty high offer in 1965, and I let him have it. Lightened up a bit, with a better landing gear, electric would be the way to go nowadays.
DougSmith - 07/01/2015
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